Giants to Practice Against Bengals Before Preseason Game?: According to the official website of the Cincinnati Bengals, the New York Giants and Bengals will hold “a few” joint practices at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati before the August 14 Giants-Bengals preseason game. The August 14th game is the first preseason game the Giants will play in, followed by contests against the Jaguars (home), Jets (home), and Patriots (away).
Details for the full pre- and regular-season schedules are available in the Schedule section of the website.
Giants.com Q&A with S Mykkele Thompson: A video of a recent Giants.com interview with S Mykkele Thompson is available at Giants.com.
New York Giants Confirm Will Beatty Will Miss 5-6 Months: On Thursday, the New York Giants officially confirmed that left tackle Will Beatty will miss 5-6 months of action after tearing his pectoral muscle lifting weights on Tuesday. If that time frame holds up, Beatty will not return to the practice field until November or possibly December.
Beatty had surgery on Wednesday, the day after he suffered the injury.
“Will said, ‘I’d like to do it (on Wednesday), because I’d like to get back, I don’t want to lose time rehabbing,'” Beatty’s agent told The New York Post. “He just bought himself another week of healing. He opted to do it right then and there.’’
“The fact it happened 24 hours ago, that the tissue itself was of excellent quality and that we got a very solid repair is in his favor,’’ the doctor who performed the surgery told The New York Post. “What I told him and members of the organization is that I would be hopeful he would be back in early, mid-November. That still gives him a good solid end of the season to contribute to the organization.”
“The short-term is about biologic healing, so there’s not a whole lot of activity in the first month, it’s basically a sling, immobilization, some light exercises,’’ said Beatty’s doctor. “Second month, he’ll get back to some aerobic-type activities, getting his wind back, range of motion of the shoulder. The third month is more of a strength and conditioning program, he’ll get back to some lifting after the 12-week mark and then it’s a sequentially increasing program of exercise.”
Despite starting 46 games in a row, the second longest streak on the team, Beatty has been somewhat injury prone since being drafted by the Giants in second round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He suffered a broken foot in 2010, a detached retina in 2011, a back injury that caused him to miss offseason work in 2012, and a fractured tibia that he suffered in the 2013 regular-season finale.
The 30-year old Beatty has three years left on his current contract and is scheduled to count $8.05 million against the NFL salary cap in 2015, $9.175 million in 2016, and $9.325 million in 2017.
Will Beatty's agent, Alan Herman, says it was a "clean tear'' and after pectoral surgery Beatty could be back in 5 months instead of 6.
Will Beatty Tears His Pectoral Muscle, Out At Least Five Months: According to various press reports, New York Giants left tackle Will Beatty tore his pectoral muscle while lifting weights. He is undergoing surgery today and is expected to miss at least five-six months.
Am told Will Beatty just went in for surgery on torn pec at HSS. Recovery said to be 5 months. That's back on the field around November.
Victor Cruz Begins Running Routes: New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz told reporters on Tuesday evening that he has begun running pass routes. Cruz is recovering from a patellar tendon tear in his right knee that he suffered last October in a game against the Philadelphia Eagles. The injury and ensuing surgery have cast doubt in some on Cruz’s NFL future.
“Today we ran some routes and stuff like that, some intermediate stuff, some cutting, planting left and right and it felt good,’’ said Cruz. “I think the more I run routes, the more I continue to do it, the more confidence I build in my knee. I’m just excited to continue that and it feels very, very good right now.’’
Cruz is not yet running at full speed. He estimated “about three-quarters speed.”
“(I am ) doing some agility stuff, some lateral movement stuff,” said Cruz. “Knee’s feeling great, it’s responding well, there’s no swelling after agility days, things like that. It’s feeling good.
“It’s all mental at this point. The knee is strong, the muscles around it are strong, it’s just mental now in terms of just mentally now can I believe in what my knee can do and be able to trust it and move on.’’
Cruz’s target to return to the practice field remains summer training camp.
“There haven’t been any major setbacks,’’ Cruz said. “Obviously I come in sore one day here or there and they say ‘We’ll scale it back,’ things like that. But no major setbacks to where we have to push back a week or two or anything like that, thank God.
“I’m in no rush at all. I think it’s just a matter of this is the process that we’re in (of) the recovery. The plan is still intact. I just go in there day to day and (the trainers) tell me what to do.”
Tom Coughlin at United Way event says Victor Cruz has started cutting and looks good doing it.
New York Giants Sign WR Ben Edwards: The New York Giants have officially signed free agent wide receiver Ben Edwards (University of Richmond). Edwards was invited as tryout player to the team’s three-day rookie mini-camp that concluded on Sunday.
WR Ben Edwards, 5’10”, 197 pounds, 4.56, University of Richmond
Edwards was eligible to play in the NFL in 2014, but sat out the year recovering from an ACL knee injury. Edwards lacks ideal size and timed speed, but he is a quick receiver who plays faster than he times. Edwards runs very good routes, adjusts well to the football, and has good hands. He has experience playing in the slot.
The Giants also confirmed the signings of rookie free agent tryout players running back Kenneth Harper (Temple University), tight end Will Tye (Stony Brook University), and defensive tackle Carlif Taylor (Southern Connecticut State University).
New York Giants Cut Three Players: The New York Giants announced on Monday that they have terminated the contract of running back Chris Ogbonnaya and waived linebacker James Davidson and safety Thomas Gordon.
Ogbonnaya was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. Since then he has played for the Rams (2009), Texans (2011), Browns (2011-13), and Panthers (2014). The Giants signed him to the 53-man roster in December 2014.
Davidson was originally signed by the Cincinnati Bengals as a rookie free agent after the 2014 NFL Draft, but waived in August. The Giants signed him to the Practice Squad in September 2014 and the 53-man roster in December 2014.
Gordon was originally signed by the Giants as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2014 NFL Draft. The team waived Gordon in August, but re-signed him to the Practice Squad in December 2014.
New York Giants Sign RB Kenneth Harper: According The New York Daily News, the New York Giants have signed rookie free agent running back Kenneth Harper (Temple University). Harper was invited as tryout player to the team’s three-day rookie mini-camp that concluded on Sunday. As previously reported, the Giants also signed rookie free agent tryout players tight end Will Tye (Stony Brook University) and defensive tackle Carlif Taylor (Southern Connecticut State University).
RB Kenneth Harper, 5’10”, 233 pounds, 4.64, Temple University
Harper is big back with decent speed and quickness for his size. He is more of a between-the-tackles runner with little elusiveness to his game. Harper is a well-rounded back who can block and catch the ball.
New York Giants Sign TE Will Tye and DT Carlif Taylor: According to various reports, the New York Giants have signed rookie free agents tight end Will Tye (Stony Brook University) and defensive tackle Carlif Taylor (Southern Connecticut State University). Both were invited as tryout players to the team’s three-day rookie mini-camp that concluded on Sunday.
TE Will Tye, 6’2”, 262 pounds, 4.57, Stony Brook University
Tye was a Florida State transfer. Tye lacks ideal height but he is well-built athlete with very good speed for a tight end. Versatile, Tye lined up at tight end, in the backfield, and split out wide at Stony Brook University where he was a very productive receiver.
DT Carlif Taylor, 6’2”, 319 pounds, 5.10, Southern Connecticut State University
Taylor is a raw Division-II prospect with a very nice combination of size and athletic ability. Taylor lacks ideal height, but he strong, quick, and plays with good natural leverage. Taylor hustles and plays hard.
The New York Giants announced on Thursday that they have signed two of their six draft picks in the 2015 NFL Draft: safety Mykkele Thompson (5th round) and offensive guard Bobby Hart (7th round).
The Giants also confirmed on Thursday evening that they have signed the following undrafted rookie free agents:
RB Akeem Hunt, 5’9”, 189 pounds, 4.40, Purdue University
Hunt is a dynamic, diminutive running back who is a threat to score every time he touches the football as a runner, receiver, or returner. Not many running backs his size make it in the NFL, but he is an explosive player. Hunt is extremely fast and quick. He is elusive, but not powerful. He is easily tackled due to his size. Hunt has very good hands and has been used in a variety of pass-receiving roles, including split out wide and on screens. Hunt is probably too small to be effective in picking up blitzes and therefore faces an uphill battle to be a third-down back. He has excelled as a kick returner at the collegiate level. If he makes it, Hunt would be strictly a limited role player at the NFL level.
TE Matt LaCosse, 6’6”, 250 pounds, 4.64, University of Illinois
LaCosse is a versatile player who has played tight end, H-Back, and fullback. LaCosse has a good frame, but needs to add bulk and get stronger. He does not get much movement as a blocker, but he works at it. LaCosse has good speed and catches the football well.
OT Sean Donnelly, 6’8”, 307 pounds, 5.48, Tulane University
Donnelly is a very tall tackle who needs to add bulk and strength. His lack of strength and power shows up in the running game as he does not generate a lot of movement in his run blocks. Donnelly has good good feet and is a solid pass protector. He has a good football temperament – tough and tenacious.
DE Brad Harrah, 6’5”, 258 pounds, 4.93, University of Cincinnati
As a senior in 2014, Harrah played in 13 games and had 32 tackles (16 solo) and 3.5 sacks.
LB Cole Farrand, 6’3”, 245 pounds, 4.75, University of Maryland
Farrand played inside linebacker at Maryland. He lacks ideal size and speed. However, he is a smart, tough, hard-working, instinctive linebacker who plays well against the run and is decent in coverage. Hard hitter and sure tackler.
SS Justin Currie, 6’2”, 204 pounds, 4.63, Western Michigan University
Currie is a big safety who is better against the run than the pass. He is a good hitter and tackler. Currie is a decent athlete for his size.
The six New York Giants draft picks, six signed rookie free agents, first-year players currently on the roster, and tryout players arrived at the Meadowlands today in preparation of the rookie mini-camp that begins on Friday and ends Sunday. Roughly 60 players are expected to be in attendance. A video of the players arriving is available at Giants.com.
New York Giants Cut Kevin Ogletree and Terrell Manning: The New York Giants terminated the contract of wide receive Kevin Ogletree and waived linebacker Terrell Manning on Thursday.
Ogletree was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Dallas Cowboys after the 2009 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Cowboys (2009-12), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2013), and Detroit Lions (2013-14). The Lions waived Olgetree in September 2014. The Giants signed him in October 2014 and Ogletree played in seven games for New York, catching five passes for 50 yards.
Manning was originally drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 5th round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Manning has spent time with the Packers (2012-13), Chargers (2013), Vikings (2014), Dolphins (2014), Bears (2014), and Bengals (2014). He was with the Giants in training camp, waived, and then re-signed off of the Practice Squad of the Bengals in November. Manning was placed on Injured Reserve in December 2014 with an ankle injury after playing in only one game with the Giants in Week 13.